Deer Isle—There was no joy in Marinerville Monday night. The girls basketball team had a cold shooting night at the Cross Center, losing to Easton 45-23 in the Class D quarterfinals on February 20. Both teams had trouble getting going in the first quarter as Easton led 9-5 at the end. We couldn’t get anything to drop in the second quarter and we trailed 21-5 at the half. We needed to establish an outside game and it just wasn’t there.
We did get more active in the third quarter, but we were in a hole we couldn’t overcome. Easton was relaxed with the lead and they made their shots. They also made their foul shots, making 12 of 15, and we couldn’t get back in the game.
I think we were too tight and Easton made us rush many shots. We didn’t look comfortable on the floor and never got into an offensive flow. This was frustrating for the girls because I know we are better than what we played. I look at it as a learning experience for the team to be ready to attack next year. Lily Gray had 12 points, all 3 -pointers, and Katie Hutchinson had 11, which made up all our points.
Girls look to be strong next year
At the beginning of this year, things looked bleak for the girls basketball team. We were very young, got pushed around in a scrimmage with Narraguagus, and lost by a big margin to George Stevens. After that, we regrouped and started to play more inspired basketball to end up with an 11-8 record.
Our youth still showed at times as we didn’t always play with the fire we needed to. Freshmen Brienna Limeburner and Katie Hutchinson adjusted quickly to the speed of varsity play and that added just what we needed to achieve our success. Despite our frustrating loss in the tournament, we laid the foundation for next year.
With a strong class coming up from the junior high, we should bridge the gap between being a decent team to being a true contender. In other words, we will have the horses to keep our energy level high throughout the game. We will also have the talent to spread the offense around so defenses can’t focus on Lily Gray like they did this year. As always, hard work in the off season is important to improve on our skills and fundamentals, but I would be very surprised if we aren’t in Bangor next February.